Tips From Current D.D.S. and Dental Hygiene Students

Make Yourself a More Competitive Applicant During Your Predental Summers

Posted by Tommy Lau on March 17, 2021

“By April or May, I’m sure predental students will want to take a break from studying and enjoy the nice weather outside in the spring and summer,” says University of Michigan School of Dentistry student Tommy Lau. “While you should take a break, the summer is also the perfect time to gain more experience and exposure to dentistry and health care while conducting research to make yourself a more competitive applicant.” Read on to learn some of the things Mr. Lau would recommend all predental students explore. It’s certainly not too early to start planning your summer now.

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Navigating Your Experiences in Public Health During a Public Health Crisis

Posted by Poonam Furmah on January 21, 2021

“The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly altered the traditional predental experience. Due to this public health crisis, there are a number of requests from community-led initiatives, government agencies, charitable organizations and nonprofits in public health for volunteers in a variety of roles,” says Poonam Furmah, a second-year dental student at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. 

“This pandemic, although dreadful, offers unique opportunities for prehealth students to serve their local community. However, students must make informed decisions and maintain a superior standard of care to prevent further community spread to themselves and others,” Furmah said. “Not only will this add valuable skills to your repertoire, but it will also benefit those who need it most during this uncertain time.” 

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Student Profile: Thoughts From a Career Changer

Posted by Wendi Clanton on December 16, 2020

Wendi Clanton, third-year dental student at Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, recently connected with the ADEA GoDental team to share her experiences and advice as someone who recently made a career change to dentistry. Read on to learn how she made her way back to her first love of the dental professions later in her career. 

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Navigating Dental School Decision Day

Posted by Joan Daniel on November 19, 2020
As a predental student, dental school “Decision Day” is the day solidifying all your hard work and achieving the first step on the path to the dream you have been working toward. Now it’s time to ask, “How do I navigate it?” Joan Daniel, a third-year dental student at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine, has advice to share based on her recent experiences when she was in your shoes. ... See More
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Finding A New Balance During Uncertain Times

Posted by Jisha T. Panicker, B.D.S., M.P.H. on May 20, 2020

“Striving for balance and maintaining positive mental health amidst the COVID-19 crisis can be a daunting task. The uncertainty and stress accompanying the pandemic impacts all of us and poses a threat to our mental health and well-being,” says University of Michigan School of Dentistry postgraduate student Jisha T. Panicker, B.D.S., M.P.H. “As we seek certainty where it does not exist, our brain reprograms itself to protect our body by increasing our attention to risk and threat. So, I’ve penned some healthy ways to navigate this uncertainty, anchored with quotes from Dr. Maya Angelou to help us sail smoothly in our daily lives. May her words give your days a hearty dose of beauty and inspiration.”

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Happy and Healthy in Dental School: What Does Wellness Mean to You?

Posted by Joan Daniel on December 18, 2019

“Dental school comes with a different set of stressors than college or the working world,” says Joan Daniel, a second-year dental student at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine. “All at once, you are expected to learn a variety of new, challenging concepts and clinical skills, balance school with family, friends and other responsibilities, all while making it look completely manageable the whole time. Free time is rare and it’s easy to feel fatigued by the end of the day.” Read on for Ms. Daniel’s words of advice on how students can avoid feeling burned out. 

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Plan Your DAT Study Schedule

Posted by on May 14, 2018
Studying for the DAT may seem daunting at first, but with a study plan tailored to your availability, goals, strengths and weaknesses, your target score is within reach. A quick Google search will reveal several DAT study guides from which ... See More

Adventures of a First-year Student

Posted by Chione Daniel on October 17, 2017
For many predental students, getting into dental school will be one of their greatest accomplishments. For me, this dream began in high school, and from there I began my lifelong journey to becoming a dentist. Not having a dentist to ... See More